Global.com no longer EnterTayns Me

As someone who refuses to pay the cable company for a recording device each month I watch a lot of missed shows online. For over a year now I have had Global and only Global on my iPad so I could watch the episodes I have missed. I refused to put the CTV app on as it was one you had to pay for.

Imagine my shock and disgust today when I attempted to show my niece the episode of Glee that was a tribute to Cory Monteith and was unable to because I am not a subscriber.

Correct me if I am wrong but I was under the impression that Canada had three FREE Tv channels to watch. It is a sad time we live in when these simple entertainments are becoming more and more expensive at the hands of the greedy.
Needless to say I will not be turning to Global.com or CTV.com for any episodes I miss of my favourite tv shows. From now on I to will use whatever other means available or I will just wait until the season becomes available on DVD.
Sorry Global but like CTV you have now lost one more viewer to air your commercials at.

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For Love of Dystopian Fiction

I am a big fan of books like Knife of Never Letting Go, Divergent, Delirium, Unwind, Starters, and Skylark. These books are all ‘epic quest to fight the evil of the world in order for the good to survive’ type books and the fighters are all just average everyday people.
Not people trained to be fighters just everyday people.

Recently I have been reading a blog called A Love Song to the Apocoalypse on WordPress.
Find it here: A Love Song For The Apocalyps

In the interest of full disclosure the author of this blog is a former co-worker of mine and life long best friend which is why I took so long to devote an EnterTAYned page to it. I had to be sure that I could fully 100% stand behind all the good things I have to say about it. I had to be sure that what I was saying is the same kind of things I would say if I didn’t know the author. I believe I can.

AndreaHitsTheRoad is writing a story that I would choose for my Teen/Paranormal Book Club to read if there was an actual book for them to read. In my opinion it stands up to many of the above mentioned titles that we have read for book club. The one exception to those titles being that the heroine is nota teenager but a married woman.

The writing is forceful and compels you to keep reading. I missed two postings recently and couldn’t wait to devour them at the first opportunity. The writing is raw and honest. Yes there are typos and what not, a he that should have been a she or a moment when two words are in the incorrect order, but remember this is not a professional author. This is a story coming from a woman that just HAS to get it out at the insistence of the characters in her head and is trying to do so at 5:00am before heading to work.

A Love Song for the Apocalypse is the story of a young married couple trying to survive the start of the end of the world as they know it. For over a year they stay contained in their small house struggling to survive and maintain as the world around them goes crazy. The story really begins once the couple becomes separated which they vowed would never happen. This story is set in the Canadian West with ties to the East and the country it is set in is as much a character as any of the others.

Speaking of the characters…..there is a full and varied list of them to entertain everyone, a heady mixture of good and bad to root for or hiss at and a good mixture of ages, personalities and worldliness. People you will want to hang out with for an afternoon or smack or just walk away from. A more diverse cast list I have yet to see.

This story truly has something for everyone. There is mystery, romance, action, survival, deep family roots, death and despair and on and on and on. I can not begin to describe the complexities without giving away the story.

I challenge you to read it for yourself and not come away wanting more.

So far, I give this ongoing story 4 out of 5 Reads. Who knows maybe it will become a book club challenge, they all have computers and what not to read off.

Book Club reads Naughty Girls Book Club

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As mentioned before I run a couple of book clubs at the store I work in. Our last meeting of the romance book club we discussed The Naughty Girls Book Club by Sophie Hart. This is the story of a 40 something year old divorced woman who is looking for a way to increase business at the coffee shop she owns. When the book store across the street closes it’s doors she decides to start a book club.

The very first meeting they discuss a classic but it looks like it may be a bust until she accidentally makes the next pick the hot new erotic fiction that everyone everywhere is reading. This leads to the book club reading various romantic and erotic stories from many years as picked by the members of the group.
Through the various meetings you come to know the different characters and how they relate to the stories they are reading.

The members are of various ages and become friends on their reading journey. They fall in love or out of love and work on their relationships throughout the story.

It was a fun read. Really gripped me in the beginning, got a little dry in the middle but picked up again. It is a story I would recommend if you are looking for a nice light read. While parts of it are sexy I don’t know that I would call it Naughty and I certainly wouldn’t term it as an erotic read. But then again I don’t find 50 Shades of Grey to be all that erotic either. Way to clinical. I would classify this book as being chick lit, along the lines of Jennifer Crusie, Cathy Kelly or Cecelia Ahern.

I really enjoyed comparing the books they read with ones I have read and I certainly discovered new ones to read. It was interesting to see which stories the author chose for the club to read.

I would give this story 3 Reads out of 5. A good story but not great.

Supernatural, The Charmed of Today

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A few months ago a friend lent me her 8 seasons of Supernatural on DVD. We had talked so often about shows we liked and she is always introducing me to new ones when she mentioned that if I liked Charmed I would like Supernatural. Boy was she right!

For those that don’t know Supernatural is about two brothers who come from a Demon Hunting family. The oldest brother Dean (played by Jensen Ackles)
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has grown up always involved in the family business but the younger brother Sam (played by Jared Padalecki)
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left the family business to pursue a normal life. Only to be dragged back in after his girlfriend is gruesomely murdered in the same way as their mother had been.

I have been watching the different seasons on and off for a few months and am currently up to the seventh season. While the show is a constant battle of good versus evil and is far more than just demon hunting it is a lot like Charmed was and I often find myself thinking how amazing it would be if the Winchester boys ended up on a case that caused them to run into the Halliwell sisters. How much fun it would be to have those two groups working together to take down the bad guys!

My favourite episodes are the ones that aren’t so focused on the storyline of Angels vs Demons and more about the hunting of various supernatural beings. As much as I love Castiel (played by Misha Collins) I get tired real quickly with the fallen angels line.

The episodes with the prophet, in particular the Supernatural Convention, are a lot of tongue in cheek fun. As are the episodes where Dean and Sam are somehow transported into an alternate version of themselves, like the one where they find themselves to be actors portraying Dean and Sam in a tv show. These are the episodes that are chock-full of pop culture references often to other shows of this genre. These are the episodes that make you feel as though you are not only in on the joke but also along for the ride.

Another great aspect of the show (besides all the great looking guys) is the rocking music. Dean’s character is a Classic Rock lover and that means that every episode is filled with great songs. Often the music selected is as much a character in the episode is any other.

If you haven’t yet caught on to Supernatural I would highly recommend a viewing. The corny jokes that Dean spits out alone are worth it.